2016 was a great year for fashion, with many new trends appearing in the look books and high streets. Some trends were recycled yet revamped; like the choker trend from the late 90’s, and some were unique to the year, like coloured leather. So, let’s take a look back to some of the best, and worse trends of 2016.
The first trend of significance: the controversial “love-them-or-hate-them” chokers. Chokers were around back in the girl band days, where double denim and coloured sunglasses were the epitome of fashion. The choker trend resurfaced this year and with it brought a lot of material for a potential viral tweet, with people posing for pictures with a literal shoelace wrapped round their necks in an attempt to mock the trend. However, and here’s where it is possible to save the choker reputation, 2016 didn’t just bring us ‘shoelace chokers’, it brought us velvet chokers with charms and delicate rose gold chokers (yet another trend we saw appear this year: rose gold jewellery). So, overall, chokers were a significant and seemingly well-loved trend of the year, with Elle Magazine even featuring “statement chokers” in their guide to fall 2016 fashion. Let’s maybe leave the ‘shoelace chokers’ in 2016, though?
Velvet well and truly made its return this year, and it must be said that it was very welcomed. Growing up in the late 90’s, it wasn’t uncommon to have at least one item of velvet clothing your wardrobe (unfortunately for me, that was a leopard print velvet dress, yikes)! This year it was impossible to find a high-street store that wasn’t stocking velvet; we had velvet dresses, dungarees, skirts, cami-tops, even velvet phone cases. The fabric became a staple in the 2016 fashion world, with designers such as Stella McCartney featuring it in their fall collections.
Next on the list is embroidery. Zara and Topshop became the go-to shops for a pair of jeans with a bohemian 70’s vibe, vintage but new. It didn’t just stop at jeans though, 2016 saw the embroidery trend reach jackets, blouses and even boots. Embroidery is a great way to turn an otherwise plain piece of clothing into something fun and unique! It even gave a chance for those keen embroiders to dust off their machines and turn a piece of clothing into a canvas for something creative.
Bomber jackets next; no matter where you turned someone was wearing one. Again, as with chokers, there was the opportunity for two trends to come together, with velvet bombers and bombers with embroidery! Owning just this one item of clothing meant you could incorporate more than one trend into your wardrobe, which makes it unsurprising that the bomber jacket soared in popularity this year.
A new trend 2016 saw was the traditional leather jacket with a makeover. The leather jacket can be considered an essential in any wardrobe no matter the year, (of course for vegans/people with a budget, aka most students, faux leather works just as well)! However, this year, the fashion world introduced colour to the mix, and the love for leather/faux leather only increased. Now you can wear leather in the summer without worrying you’re about to pass out from heat stroke, because black is no longer your only colour option!
This year has been a rollercoaster year, with a lot of us simply wishing it’d be over already, we don’t even think we need to list the reasons why, we’ve all lived through it! However, we’re sure we can all agree that one good thing the year brought us was some great fashion trends, which we only hope will continue into the new year, for the sake of our current student wardrobes and bank account! Here’s to 2017 and more weird and wonderful trends to come.